Positively perfect poutine places in Calgary

Good gravy! And great French fries and cheese curds as well. Quebec’s best-known culinary export next to Montreal smoked meat — frequently a poutine topping — has become a big seller in Calgary. These restaurants serve particularly appealing versions of this guilty gastronomic pleasure.

Brasserie Kensington

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100-1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

As the restaurant’s name suggests, it takes a French approach to its cuisine. And it gives this French-Canadian dish an Old Country brasserie-style makeover. Elegantly indulgent, its poutine selections are ladled with duck-fat gravy and cheese curds. Try the house variety or top with seared foie gras or pork hock. Also available: gluten-free poutine.

The Big Cheese

2
738 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

A Calgary poutinerie that has recently expanded to Chicago, this place serves a lengthy menu of styles and claims to use locally grown ingredients. Its basic poutine comes in potato and yam. Also walk on the poutine wild side with styles that include Scottish curry, chicken peppercorn, smoked meat as well as an Indian version topped with buttered chicken, peas and caramelized onion.

Blanco Cantina

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723 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B6

Another sophisticated take on the dish, Brava Bistro’s lobster poutine is as rich and tasty as its name suggests. Befitting its casual-upscale setting, the bistro serves pomme frites smothered in silky smooth butter sauce and tops the dish with lobster, mascarpone cheese and herbs. This may be the city’s most Champagne-compatible poutine.

La Belle Patate

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4-102 Boulder Cres, Canmore, AB T1W 1L2

Just northwest of Calgary in the small foothills town of Canmore, this little Quebec-style eatery serves some of Western Canada’s most authentic poutine platters. Double-cooked fries, gravy and cheese curds are the base ingredients for poutiness ranging from the hot dog, the Mexican and the supreme, which features onions, mushrooms and bacon to the smoked-meat.

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